The Halfway House
The Halfway House (2004) is an independent horor-comedy film from writer-director Kenneth J. Hall (best known for The Puppet Masters). It stars cult actress Mary Woronov, Janet Tracy Keisler, and Shawn Savage.
This is an affectionate homage and spoof of schlocky occult horror and slasher flicks with elements of Women in Prison films and nunsploitation added to the mix.
Young girls are disappearing in and around the Mary Magdalen Halfway House for Troubled Girls. Desperate to find out what became of her sister, Larissa Morgan goes undercover to infiltrate the Catholic-run institution. There she finds a sinister and secretive nun (Mary Woronov), tough lesbian inmates, a punishment-obsessed priest who reads spanking magazines, and a demonic bug-eyed monster living in the basement.
The Spanking scene
The scene features a perverted priest who has a large wooden paddle with "Jesus" spelled in rhinestones. He has two bad girls bend over his desk for a paddling in his office. Most of the strokes are filmed from a frontal point of view. There are a few quick closeups of the paddle smacking the girls' bare asses. A third off-camera paddling is also alluded to but not shown.